Seven representatives of the ICRC’s corporate support group (CSG) and the private sector accompanied President Peter Maurer on a field visit to Colombia in January of this year.

The trip allowed participants to see the various dimensions of the ICRC’s work in Colombia and gain a better understanding of the complexities of ICRC operations. It also provided opportunities to explore potential collaboration between the corporate and humanitarian sectors. Participants included representatives of the Avina Stiftung, Holcim Colombia, Nespresso, Orange, Philips Foundation and the World Economic Forum.

Noting that Colombia is a conflict and violence-torn society where business must invest responsibly, President Peter Maurer explained that partnership with the private sector is helping the ICRC address some of the country’s social and humanitarian challenges.